Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs

The Ministry for Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs is responsible for a number of policy areas regarding housing and urban affairs, and issues relating to regional and rural districts, which belonged previously under the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Interior and Health, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs.

The Minister

On 3 October 2011, Carsten Hansen (S) was appointed Minister for Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs.

Carsten Hansen has been a member of the Danish Folketing (the Danish Parliament) since 1998, and throughout the years he has held a number of posts in the Social Democratic parliamentary group, e.g. in the Folketing’s Housing Committee and as group chairman since 2006.

Carsten Hansen’s key issues are bringing attention to vulnerable housing estates and the sustainable development of rural areas.

“Good cities and homes are essential to the good life. That’s why I intend to work to increase our ability to pursue a social and green sustainable housing and urban policy, for all citizens, whether they live in disadvantaged housing areas, large cities or small towns, as minister for housing, urban and rural affairs”.

CV for Carsten Hansen

Carsten Mogens Hansen is a skilled plumber, born on 10 January 1957 in Odense, son of labourer Poul Hansen and home care assistant Inger Hansen. Carsten Hansen is married to home care assistant Pia Hansen. The couple have two daughters, Louise and Anja.

Education and jobs

  • Plumber, HVAC fitter.
  • Danish Folkeskole, year 9 leaving examination.
  • Official valuer from 1993.
  • Boiler man, Odense, from 1989 to 1998.

Parliamentary career

  • Member of the Folketing for the Social Democrats in Funen greater constituency from 13 November 2007.
  • Member of the Folketing for the Social Democrats in Funen County constituency from 11 March 1998 until 13 November 2007.
  • Member of the Public Accounts Committee from 1 October 2010.
  • Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Social Democrats from 2006.
  • Member of the Education Committee.

Contact the Ministry and the Minister

The ministry is currently being formed and is for the time being housed in the premises of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration.

Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs
Holmens Kanal 22
DK-1060 København K
Phone: +45 33 92 93 00
Fax: +45 33 93 25 18
E-mail: mbbl@mbbl.dk


If you have any questions or requests for interviews, please contact the press officer.

Thomas Bille Winkel
Phone: +45 29 29 63 96 (can also be contacted outside the Ministry's opening hours)
E-mail: thbw@mbbl.dk